Spotlight on Barcelona’s unbeaten run
The Frenchman scored 30 goals in the 2003-04 season when Arsenal went a whole campaign without losing in the league and, after this 3-0 victory away to Valladolid, he is halfway to repeating the feat in La Liga. Barcelona, who are running out of records to break, completed the first half of the season without losing a single game for the first time in their history. The victory means they have 49 points at the halfway point of the season – just one less than last year when they had the title won four matches from the end of the campaign. The Frenchman failed to find the net but goals from Xavi, Leo Messi and the superb Dani Alves (above) sealed the victory. It was an Alves cross from the right that Xavi volleyed in for the first and it was his pass that allowed Zlaten Ibrahimovic to tee-up Messi for his 15th goal of the season. Between strikes, a spectacular Alves shot got the Brazilian on the score-sheet too. Real Madrid kept up the pressure on leaders Barca with a 2-0 win over Malaga last night. Cristiano Ronaldo scored both Real goals in the first half, including a superb 18-yard effort for his second, before he was given a straight red for catching Patrick Mtiliga’s face with his elbow on 70 minutes. Meanwhile Filipe’s World Cup hopes look to be over after the Deportivo La Coruna player suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s encounter with Athletic Bilbao. The Brazilian suffered a broken ankle whilst scoring his side’s opening goal in the 3-1 win, and he will be out for between four to six months.about invincibility.